— advised them to immediately review the preparedness measures in the health department at a senior level.
These measures are, availability of hospital beds, drugs and vaccines for influenza, medical oxygen, antibiotics, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing kits and reagents, functionality of oxygen plants and ventilators, and infection control practices at the health facility centres.
All the states and Union Territories have been asked to implement the ‘Operational Guidelines for Revised Surveillance Strategy in the context of Covid-19’. This guideline — which was provided earlier this year — provides integrated surveillance of respiratory pathogens which pose as influenza like illness (ILI) or severe acute respiratory infection (SARI).
They have also been asked to ensure close monitoring of the trends of ILI/SARI by District and state surveillance units of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP), especially the trends of children and adolescents. The data of ILI/SARI trends is to be uploaded on the IDSP-IHIP portal, particularly from the public health institutions including medical college hospitals.
The Health Ministry is closely monitoring the situation, indicating that there is no need for raising any alarm. Read More….